National Park Week

National Park Week

Posted on Apr 17th 2017 | Bike Life,

At Planet Bike, we obviously love riding our bikes. We use the bicycle for multiple reasons – transportation, recreation, racing, urban exploring, and family outings just to name a few. Aside from our daily use of the bicycle, we are always on the lookout for unique experiences to enjoy on our favorite two-wheeled wonder.

This week (April 15- 23) celebrates National Park week. National Parks are one of the crown jewels of outdoor exploration in the US and are also a source of great adventure via bike. The weekends bookending National Parks Week (April 15-16 and 22-23), entrance fees to National Parks are waived so they are free for all to explore.

For a truly unique experience, some of our National Parks offer car-free days. Most of these days happen in the spring as the snow melts when the roads are clear but the camping season is not yet in full swing. Here is a list of national parks that we have found to have car-free days:
Grand Teton
Mt. Rainier
Smoky Mountains
Lassen Volcanic
Crater Lake
North Cascades

Here are some photos of car-free days in Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. I encourage you to do some research on car free days in the National Park system. Get out and enjoy some stunning landscapes on some of the most unique roads in America. You never know, your next ride might be alongside a herd of buffalo!